Saturday, October 1, 2011

Council candidates split over local jobs/income report

01 October 2011

By: Graham Moomaw
The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, VA)

"Independent Brandon Collins, a self-described socialist candidate, had a different reaction, saying he was 'puzzled' by the study's release and questioned what the authors were trying to achieve.... Collins pointed specifically to calls to modify the city's zoning and planning rules to allow light manufacturing facilities in poor neighborhoods.

'They're not actually talking about human beings; what they're talking about is using it as a reason to expand business,' Collins said. 'The main thing is we shouldn't let the Chamber of Commerce use poverty as an excuse for rich people to make more money.

' Collins has called for the creation of a downtown jobs center that would offer guaranteed employment to every city resident who wanted a job...."

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